The Pittsburgh Steelers will return to St. Vincent College near Latrobe for their 2022 training camp, the team announced on Wednesday.
The Steelers had held training camp on the campus of the college for 54 consecutive years before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the team to hold its preseason camp at Heinz Field in each of the last two seasons.
But Steelers president Art Rooney II maintained steadfast in his desire to return to St. Vincent, and that came to fruition on Wednesday.
“We are very excited to return to Saint Vincent College for our Training Camp later this summer,” Rooney said to Steelers.com. “We always appreciate the support from Saint Vincent as well as the Latrobe community. We look forward to having fans back on campus as we will be preparing for the 2022 season. We thank Father Paul Taylor and the tremendous staff on campus for their continued support for our return to our summer home.”
Steelers training camp practices at Chuck Noll Field at St. Vincent have been free and open to the public, with autograph sessions and photograph opportunities aplenty for fans that wish to make a personal connection with their favorite football player.
“I envision in being pretty close to what it’s always been,” Rooney said. “It’s been a great set up, mostly for our fans. They love it up there. So we’re anxious to get back up there and give our fans the chance to get up close and personal with our players and team. That’s always been the best part about it.”
Rooney also said an appreciation for the team’s history, having attended camp at St. Vincent in all six Super Bowl seasons, as a reason to continue the practice.
“We’ve had a pretty good track record going up there, so that doesn’t hurt,” he said.
The event brings a lot of visitors to the local economy every year and the Steelers usually make one trip to Latrobe’s downtown Memorial Stadium for a practice session as well.
The dates and times for this year’s training camp have not been announced.